Prominent Irish church leader Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, former head of Corrymeela Community, visits Wisbech
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A prominent Irish church leader who has had an audience with the Dalai Lama visited Wisbech as part of National Interfaith Week.
Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, a prominent Methodist and until earlier this year the leader of the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland, was the guest of the Wisbech Interfaith Forum.
He addressed a public meeting organised by Wisbech Interfaith Forum at Trinity Methodist Church, while Poppy Kleiser, Fenland Poet Laureate 2014, read two of her poems.
In his address entitled Our Peace, Our World Dr Bhogal stated that he had long wanted to visit Wisbech because of the contribution of one of its sons, Thomas Clarkson to the abolition of the slave trade.
Earlier in the evening he had gone to view the Clarkson memorial and paid his respects to the man whom he described as a giant in breaking the chains of slavery.
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Dr Bhogal went on to state that slavery was still very much alive in our society in the form of the horrendous practice of sex trafficking.
During his time in Wisbech, Dr Bhogal also visited the Thomas Clarkson Academy, which has put on a Quaker First World War exhibition.
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The Corrymeela Community is a Christian community whose objective is the promotion of reconciliation and peace-building through the healing of social, religious, and political divisions in Northern Ireland.